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Army May 26, 2011
ADMINISTERING the 1550 per-
sonnel deployed to the Middle
East Area of Operations (MEAO)
day's work for the ADF's largest
With 15 staff, consisting of nine
Army personnel, four Air Force
and one Navy member, the Theatre
Personnel Support Centre (TPSC) is
located at Al Minhad Air Base in the
United Arab Emirates.
After being identified as a gap
in the personnel support measures
by Force Support Unit 3, TPSC was
raised and has been consolidated by
Force Support Unit 4.
The TPSC is the gateway to the
MEAO, ensuring everyone's admin-
istrative and pay needs are managed
before, during and after a deploy-
ment. The centre also provides a sup-
port base for other task unit adminis-
trative cells throughout the MEAO.
The TPSC administers all per-
sonnel that deploy into the MEAO
covering areas such as personal
administration, medals, leave, isolat-
ed personnel reports, pay and enti-
tlements calculators, cash, allowanc-
es, duty and ROCTFA movements.
TPSC Senior NCO Sgt Sheena
Begbie said the centre's motto was
to support personal administration
and pay throughout the MEAO.
"By doing this, we help for-
ward elements complete their mis-
sion and lessen the burden of per-
sonal administration," she said. "We
understand the importance of our
role in supporting personnel in the-
atre. Communication is definitely
the main tool in the support centre's
Open seven days a week, the
staff often work long hours and
work closely with the reception,
staging, integration and on-forward-
ing course delivered to all personnel
entering the MEAO.
ONE of the Army's most successful mod-
ern vehicle capabilities will be boosted with
the purchase of an extra 101 Bushmaster
protected mobility vehicles.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith along
with Defence Material Minister Jason Clare
announced the purchase on May 12.
The Bushmaster has proven to be an effec-
tive combat vehicle, providing battle-proven
protection against IEDs in Afghanistan.
Thirty one Bushmasters have been dam-
aged beyond repair since the vehicle first
entered service. The procurement will replace
the damaged vehicles and provide another 70
for training and operational use.
A range of enhancements designed to
increase the Bushmaster's level of protection
are being evaluated and may be applied to the
101 new vehicles if deemed viable.
Final costs and delivery dates for the new
vehicles are still being negotiated.
Under standing arrangements, the cost of
replacing Bushmasters damaged on operations
will be supplemented by the government, with
the remainder to be funded from the Defence
on the way
New wheels: An extra 101 Bushmasters
will be purchased to replace damaged
Photo by PO Rick Prideaux
Support team: Sgt Sheena Begbie with her FSU 4 triservice team of clerks outside the Theatre Personnel Support Centre in the UAE.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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